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Older Adult Recovery

HANLEY 6In 1998, our Florida facility became a renowned pioneer and leader in age-specific addiction treatment when it opened the Center for Older Adult Recovery. Today, Hanley Center at Origins offers senior and mid-life addiction treatment specifically for men and women 45 and older.

Hanley Center at Origins promotes a transition from substance use disorder to enhanced mental, physical, and spiritual health. While two-thirds of older patients experience early-onset addiction, one-third of older adult addicts suffer from late-onset addiction. Major life changes, such as the loss of a loved one, can send a bereaved person spiraling into maladaptive behaviors and substance use disorder.

Misconceptions About Older Adult Addiction Are Prevalent

The reality is that the difference between active addiction and treatment can be loss of life. Each patient’s evolving plan of care integrates medical, wellness, spiritual, psychological, and possibly psychiatric therapies provided by a highly-credentialed, multidisciplinary team.

Detoxification, sobriety, and stability are the first steps in addiction recovery. During treatment, patients begin to regain health, enhance cognition and mobility, and rebuild relationships. Participation in 12-Step practice offers a design for living that can restore freedom and happiness in the lives of individuals suffering from addictive disorders.

Elements of Age-specific Recovery

Age-specific treatment for addiction addresses the shared values and experiences of a generation. Each member of Origins’ professional team provides generation-sensitive and compassionate care.

Our treatment for mid-life and older adults includes:

  • Medically supervised, safe, and comfortable detoxification
  • Thorough clinical, physical, spiritual, wellness, and psychological assessments
  • Located adjacent to St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Care by a preeminent medical team that consists of doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists
  • Chronic pain management
  • Peer group therapy where patients can address underlying issues, foster support, and offer inspiration
  • Exercise and nutrition education

Just as individuals suffer from substance use disorders, so do their families. Family members may experience physical and emotional symptoms similar to those of the addicted person. They can benefit significantly from the education and support offered in Origins’ Five-Day Family Program.

We offer age-specific treatment for mid-life and older adults at:


Articles on Older Adults and Addiction

A Perfect Storm: Aging, Drugs, and Chronic Pain – Chronic pain requires specialized attention without which quality of life is affected, often resulting in depression, isolation, or substance abuse.

The Wall Street Journal: Fears Rise of Medication Misuse by the Elderly – With the Senior Population Growing, Experts on Addiction and Geriatric Care Raise the Alarm

The New York Times: New Generation Gap as Older Addicts Seek Help – Across the country, substance abuse centers are reaching out to older addicts whose numbers are growing and who have historically been ignored.

The New York Times: More Older Adults Are Struggling With Substance Abuse – An estimated 2.8 million older adults in the United States meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, and this number is expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, according to a study in the journal “Addiction.”

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